It seems as though every second movie is being made in Vegas right now. Gambling has never been so popular with celebrities and tourists alike and the poker boom has turned everyday Joe into a Vegas fan overnight. The rich and famous are flocking to the Palms in droves to party and to be where the action is. This makes for a desirable location for actors and producers to shoot films.
The city has always been a cool setting for a flick because the city of Las Vegas is as hip as you can find. Any story plot with temptation, greed, lust, ambition, or just about any other desire you can think of can be well situated in Sin City. The town has so much history and attitude surrounding it that it’s become the world’s ultimate adult playground.
Movies and Vegas have been a good mix for longer than most people think. There have been over a hundred pictures made in Las Vegas and surrounding areas since as far back as 1936. In 1997 there were 21 motion pictures filmed in Vegas, including blockbusters like “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Con Air”.
Lake Meade and the desert offer many different settings for the moviemaker. It’s central location to these and other attractions like the Grand Canyon and Sierra Nevada mountains offer up multiple settings within a close proximity. The short distance between Las Vegas and Southern California makes for easy trips home for most celebrities while they’re making a film there. The weather is another thing that producers can depend on, being sunny and clear most days of the year.
Las Vegas is a city that’s run by constantly trying to get bigger and better. It will continue to be the premier destination for opulence and desire, and therefore moviemakers will continue to use this setting to sell movie tickets. We all want to be where the action is; it looks like Hollywood wants to be there too.